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Any way you slice it - Oregon cheese is a winner!

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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:45 am

Oregon cheesemakers received 20 awards, including seven first place recognitions at the American Cheese Society's Annual Cheese Competition last week.

The contest took place during the society's 30th annual conference, "In a Dairy State of Mind" held July 31- August 4 in Madison, Wisc.

Award winning cheesemakers included: Ancient Heritage Dairy, Briar Rose Creamery, Face Rock Creamery, Ochoa's Queseria, Quail Run Creamery, Rivers Edge Chevre, Rogue Creamery, Tillamook County Creamery Association and Willamette Valley Cheese.

It was no small task for the team of 37 judges including food science professors, cheese mongers, retail cheese managers, and cheese experts. They smelled, felt, tasted, and analyzed 1,794 different products from 254 companies.

Oregon's cheesemakers are pretty special.

"They are passionate and always looking for ways to improve their cheeses," said Lisbeth Goddik, Oregon State University Extension Dairy Processing Specialist. "They pay close attention to details from animal welfare to the handling of cheeses during the affinage (fine art of ripening cheese) process."

Artisan cheese is a trend that is here to stay. More than 20 cheesemakers belong to the Oregon Cheese Guild, which started with only seven members back in 2006. Oregon is a true model for food culture and cheesemaking.

"The climate is ideal for assuring optimum milk quality, because dairy animals thrive in Oregon," said Goddik. "As a result Oregon continues to win a disproportionately large number of awards at both national and international cheese competitions."

Additional information about the American Cheese Society and its competition can be viewed at www.cheesesociety.org.

About the Oregon Cheese Guild:

Founded in 2006, the Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. The Guild is a collaborative effort to help cheesemakers network, create educational opportunities and benefit from participating in economies of scale. The Guild is committed to growing its loyal base of artisan cheese lovers by educating consumers on high-quality handmade, farmstead and specialty cheeses. Membership is limited to farmstead, artisan and commercial cheesemakers. www.oregoncheeseguild.org.

About Oregon Dairy Products Commission:

Dairy Farmers of Oregon is a program of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. The Commission works on behalf of Oregon's dairy farm families who, with the help of 123,000 dairy cows and Oregon dairy processors, provide award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt. Milk is the official state beverage of Oregon, and Oregon is recognized nationwide as a leader for milk quality. The Oregon dairy industry is a community-conscious, caring business that contributes nearly $1 billion to Oregon's economic well-being each year. Oregon dairymen and women care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. www.dairyfarmersor.com. The Commission also provides nutrition education through its program of the Oregon Dairy Council. www.oregondairycouncil.org

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  • zinos85 posted at 2:01 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    zinos85 Posts: 112

    Creating the best cheese is not a cakewalk, the cheese makers have really done a splendid job here. I love cheese and I try to use different kind of cheeses in cooking, a good cheese lends an unique flavor to the whole food. Apart from cheese another thing I am crazy about is coffee. I occasionally love roasting my own coffee, it is quite easy, just take single cup coffee pods and roast them well. You will love the aroma of the roasted beans.

  • banik posted at 2:33 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    banik Posts: 186

    The Oregon cheesemakers should be congratulated for their success. Cheese could be used for making interesting dishes, this Christmas I made some cool cheese appetizers. I also worked hard on presentation, I bought some Round Skewers, Colorful Beaded Picks from Pick On Us.

  • patinson posted at 2:50 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    patinson Posts: 46

    Wining a prestigious event like Annual Cheese Competition is not a cakewalk and the Oregon cheesemakers should feel proud about their achievement. I love cheese, especially on pizzas and burgers, so far I have had the best burger at Bill Grays. If you ever eat there, do try the Bacon Bleu Cheeseburger, it is simply heavenly.

  • leonardo85 posted at 1:11 am on Tue, Dec 24, 2013.

    leonardo85 Posts: 197

    The cheese makers have taken their cheese making craft to an all new height and now they could expect to be in great demand in the local industry. In the restaurants the chefs prefer to use the best quality ingredients, our local restaurant buys its fish and seafood ingredients from MyFishDelivery.com, because they have the most fresh ingredients.

  • zinos85 posted at 1:35 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    zinos85 Posts: 112

    The cheesemakers there tried to be different from the rest which is the reason behind their success story. These days food enthusiasts give preference to food items like frozen yogurt which is a perfect blend of taste and health. At http://frozenyogurtsolutions.com/blog/yogurt-fountain-youth, you will find the most inspiring stories of entrepreneurs who achieved success in frozen yogurt business at a young age.

  • banik posted at 1:41 am on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    banik Posts: 186

    They must be feeling excited about the win, such competitions actually help these food makers come up with the best quality products. I run a small restaurant in our neighborhood and I always use only fresh and the best ingredients, recently I even installed Electrofreeze Soft Serve machine to serve frozen yogurt to my customers.

  • patinson posted at 2:46 am on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    patinson Posts: 46

    Some regions are popular for their food and food lovers love to frequent these places in search of exotic flavors. I mostly love hot and spicy dishes and that is why I love having a good stock of hot sauces in my kitchen, recently I bought Trinidad Scorpion hot sauce which is extremely hot and delicious.

  • leonardo85 posted at 3:53 am on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

    leonardo85 Posts: 197

    It is really a great news for the foodies of the region, the cheese makers have certainly done their magic to win this contest. Like cheese wine is also essential for a good meal, now good wine is available online as well, you can buy wine at PremiumWines.com.

  • patinson posted at 5:13 am on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    patinson Posts: 46

    Such competition do brings the best talent forward. As a foodie I have always felt drawn to good cheese, another element that has a huge impact on the taste buds is the balsamic vinegar, I mostly buy it from http://www.houseofbalsamic.com/cp/balsamic-vinegar/.


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